The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Thursday that head coach Orlondo Steinauer has been signed to a contract extension.
Steinauer, who has been part of Hamilton’s coaching staff for a total of six Canadian Football League seasons (2013-16, 2018-present), has helped lead the Tiger-Cats to a first or second place finish in the East Division every season, as well as six home playoff games, five East Finals and three Grey Cup appearances to date.
“Orlondo’s record speaks for itself whenever he’s been a part of our organization,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Tiger-Cats, Scott Mitchell. “Beyond the numbers, he’s just an exceptional person and leader and we are very fortunate to have such a man as the head coach of the Tiger-Cats now and into the future.”
Steinauer, 47, was named the 26th head coach in team history on December 3, 2018 and promptly won the 2019 Annis Stukis award as the CFL’s Coach of the Year. He tied a league record for a first-year head coach with 15 wins (Dave Dickenson – CGY – 2016) and led the Tiger-Cats to a franchise-best 15-3 record, including six consecutive wins to close out the season. The 15 wins were three more than the club’s previous franchise high of 12 (1989 & 1998) and tied an all-time CFL record for wins by an East Division team in a single season. The Tiger-Cats also went 9-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.
The Seattle, Washington native took over an eight-win Tiger-Cats team and saw them improve by seven wins, finishing first overall in the CFL standings for the first time since 1998 and capturing the East Division crown for the first time since 2014. Steinauer’s team also topped the league in points for (551) while allowing the least points against (344). The 344 points allowed were the fewest in franchise history for an 18-game season, while the 551 points scored were second to only the 1999 team that tallied 603.
“I am grateful for the strong support and commitment Bob Young, Scott Mitchell and Matt Afinec have shown in me to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats,” said Steinauer. “The vision remains to reward the hard working people in our buildings, the City of Hamilton and its fans with their commitment. We look forward to continue building a championship-caliber organization in 2021, which will be an exciting year for everyone.”
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